WHS, the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the US, has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. As the only open-access shelter in the Nation’s Capital, WHS provides comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including sheltering, adoption, spay and neuter, CatNiPP, Humane Law Enforcement, lost and found, human–animal therapy programs and Humane Education.
2010 WHS Highlights:
- In 2010, WHS Field Officers (Animal Control & Humane Law Enforcement) responded to nearly 16,000 calls
- WHS provided low-cost spay/neuter services to more than 8200 cats and dogs in 2010
- WHS rabies clinics vaccinated more than 6,600 pets in 2010
- The WHS Behavior & Learning Center conducted more than 200 classes in 2010
- WHS found homes for more than 2,000 dogs and cats! A 40% increase over the same time period last year!
- The WHS Humane Education program worked with more than 1,600 students and adults at schools, workplaces, career fairs and special community events.
- The WHS CatNiPP program sterilized more than 1300 feral cats
- WHS Microchipped nearly 700 family pets More than 100
- More than 100 WHS foster families provided temporary care to animals in need
WHS Human-Animal Rehabilitation Programs:
Dog Tags – Started by WHS in 2008, more than 50 Soldiers and WHS Shelter dogs have been through the program. This innovative three-tiered program teaches Soldiers the basics of dog training, with a certificate based educational curriculum that gives them the opportunity to pursue a future career in the field of animal training, care, and welfare. In the process of gaining skills for themselves, the Soldiers provide the homeless animals with training, socialization, and love which increases their adoption rate and retention in their new homes.
Humane Education – Established in 1987, the WHS Humane Education program encourages students to speak up for animals rather than accept the role of passive observers. Students participating in the Humane Education program learn the importance of contacting WHS when an animal – any animal — needs help. The Humane Education program is offered, free-of-charge, to local schools service organizations, church groups, summer programs and youth organizations. The curriculum is comprised of a series of presentations, typically running bi-weekly throughout the school year.
TLC – Therapy Live-in-Cats program is expanding the presence of companion animals in the community. In 2010 WHS has teamed up with the United Cerebral Palsy Association (UPC) to provide therapy assistance kittens for UCP patients. Foster kittens residing at UCP locations provide individuals with regular opportunity for sensory enhancement and reaching exercises. The live-in situation helps provide a sense of normalcy and connectedness to the outside world.
WHS operates two shelter locations; a private shelter at 7319 Georgia Avenue, as well as the District of Columbia Animal Care and Control Facility (under contract by the Department of Health) at 1201 New York Avenue. In addition to the two animal shelters, WHS operates a low-cost, high-volume spay and neuter facility. The National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center serves the entire Washington, DC metro area and is located at 1001 L Street, NE, in the heart of Capitol Hill. WHS also has a new animal training facility called the Behavior & Learning Center, located at 7315 Georgia Avenue, NW. For more information on WHS, please visit www.washhumane.org!
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